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Laurie Walker

Laurie Walker

Sunday, February 7th, 1943 - Sunday, September 8th, 2019
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Laurie passed away surrounded by his loving family in his home in Milton at the age of 76. He was born in Burlington and grew up in Hamilton, and was the first child (with sister Ellen) of Marion and George Walker. Laurie attended Hamilton’s Delta High School, University of Toronto for Music, Teachers College, graduating with Honours in 1971. Laurie married wife Carol Walker in 1968, and they were married 51 years, receiving their golden wedding anniversary certificate from the Prime Minister and Governor General. Laurie leaves behind his beautiful wife Carol, sons Alex and James, daughter Meredith and granddaughters Margaret and Isabel. Laurie was an esteemed high school music teacher for such schools as Milton High School, Bolton High School, North Park Secondary and Gordon Graydon. Laurie finished his career at Stewarttown Middle School before he retired in 2005. Laurie also was the church organist and Choirmaster at Grace Anglican Church in Milton for 14 years. For most of Laurie’s adult life, his passion was music. Laurie was also a distinguished professional jazz pianist, performing shows in Toronto and the greater GTA. Laurie was an avid lover of all animals, but he always had a special spot in his heart for his golden retrievers. Laurie thoroughly enjoyed sports, playing hockey well into his 50’s. Laurie touched so many people with his music and his love of teaching. With all Laurie’s accomplishments, his beautiful wife, children and grand children are his most prized achievements. Laurie will be greatly missed.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the McKERSIE-KOCHER FUNERAL HOME 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11 am. Interment to follow at Milton Evergreen Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    Address
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    Address
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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  • Interment

    Location
    Evergreen Cemetery
    Address
    230 Ontario Street S.
    MILTON, ON
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  • Reception

    Location
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    Address
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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From: Sabrina & Samuel

Posted at 10:28pm
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Martin and Christine Barstow

Posted at 12:25pm
Mr. Walker taught both of us at MDHS. He made being in the band so exciting with his expert showmanship. Both of us became secondary school teachers, one of us a music teacher, due in large part to this excitement. As well, his significant influence has had broader repercussions. Our three children, all grown now, are musicians too, two of them professionals. This is just a glimpse of the effect that Laurie will have had on, without any exaggeration, tens of thousands of people; enriching their lives and helping to make them better and happier people.
Martin and Christine (Barbour) Barstow
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Deborah Foohey

Posted at 12:05pm
My sincere condolences to the Walker family. Mr. Walker was my music teacher at MDHS. His encouragement led me to my own 33 year career as a high school music teacher. He had a positive and impact on the lives of his many students.
Deborah (Barstow) Foohey
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Don Norsworthy

Posted at 08:17am
My heartfelt condolences to the Walker family!
Mr. Laurie Walker was and always will be an inspiration to all of us who he taught/guided and mentored! He taught so many in his high school music classes; conducted numerous school bands and brought the musical component to reality during our successful theatre productions! I even recall; the times when he would step on to the ice and play with his teaching colleagues against the school hockey team!

Thank you for all that you did; and for so many!
Play on Mistro!
This is your Mr. Walker's Opis!
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Posted at 09:43pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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